UNDOUBTEDLY, one of our unsung heroes who brings food on our tables is our Filipino seamen.
This might be one of the reasons why advocacy director Anthony Hernandez decided to make a movie about men who work in the middle of the sea, “Marineros.”
“I would like to consider this film as a passion project because its story is very close to my heart. The story is a depiction of reality, the life of our fellow Filipinos that is working aboard ships, away from their families.
“I personally have relatives and close friends that are actual seamen and from them, we derived our inspiration in making this film,” said Direk Anthony at the press conference held recently at Max’s Resto.
We all know that working as a seaman, may it be in tanker ships, cruise ships or cargo ships, is a well-compensated job whatever positions they have aboard. These people can earn above a decent amount of money to support a family. But Direk Anthony believes that the story should never end there.
“I know that behind these abundant earnings lies different struggles that they face on a day to day basis. Being away from home for long periods of time is a struggle in itself. These absences sometimes even lead to the family being broken apart, either by the seaman himself of the spouse that they leave behind for work.
“When it comes to money, sometimes the problem comes not from the lack thereof, but from the abundance of it,” he interestingly told us.
Marinero is a heartwarming narrative that tackles the struggles of Filipino seamen as told in the story of Marisol family, headed by Dennis, played by the veteran actor, Michael de Mesa.
Dennis is a retired seaman who is suffering from blindness brought by an accident in his work. His son, Kent, works in an exhausting environment of a tanker ship while his happy go lucky prodigal son Kevin works in a marvelous cruise ship.
For the longest time, thespian actor Michael becomes the lead, again, in a movie.
“I even forgot when was the last time na naging Bida ako,” de Mesa chuckled.
Also in the cast are Jon Lucas, Alvin Nakasi, Ahron Villena, Paul Hernandez, Clair Ruiz, and Jeff Gaitan under Golden Tiger Films and Premier Dreams Productions.
Marineros is showing in different theaters on September 20.